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SHUFFLE ALONG, OR THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED

Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

10 NOMINATIONS

Theatre: Music Box Theatre
Opening Night: April 28 2016
Producers:
Scott Rudin, Roy Furman, Columbia Live Stage, Center Theatre Group, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Broadway Across America, Heni Koenigsberg, The Araca Group, Peter May, Jon B. Platt, Color Mad Productions, Daryl Roth, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, Sonia Friedman, Ruth Hendel, Independent Presenters Network, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Len Blavatnik, Spring Sirkin, Eli Bush, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson
10 NOMINATIONS
Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Choreography
Best Orchestrations

ABOUT THE SHOW

By the time Shuffle Along stumbled into town in 1921 after a back-breaking pre-Broadway tour, it was deeply in debt and set to open at a remote Broadway house on West 63rd Street. But with an infectious jazz score and exuberant dancing, Shuffle Along ignited not just Broadway but all of New York City. George Gershwin, Fanny Brice, Al Jolson, Langston Hughes, and famed critic George Jean Nathan were among the many fans who repeatedly flocked to West 63rd Street to see a cast which - during its run of 504 performances - featured such incipient luminaries as Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, Fredi Washington, and Adelaide Hall.

Trivia

  • The original production of Shuffle Along is considered the first financially successful Broadway show with African American writers and an all African American cast.
  • The jazz-inflected score with songs by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle includes “I’m Just Wild About Harry,” which became a campaign song for Harry Truman in his successful 1948 White House bid.

History

Shuffle Along premiered on Broadway in 1921 and was revived in 1932 and 1952. This version features a new libretto by George C. Wolfe.

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